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Introduction to Conservation Easements and a Historical Perspective


Gain insight into the history of conservation easements.

A conservation easement is created by a landowner (a donor) through permanent restrictions, known as a conservation easement, placed against land. Conservation easements are creatures of state law. This white paper will include a historical recounting of conservation easements and other more general charitable contributions of real property.



William R. Sylvester, Esq.

William R. Sylvester, Esq.

William R. Sylvester Law Firm, LLP

  • Shareholder in the Birmingham office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
  • Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and is active in local, state, and national bar associations
  • Has extensive experience in a wide variety of real estate-related transactions
  • Recently handled representation of a declarant in connection with the turn-over of powers to the residents in a neighborhood association with nine separate sub-associations; purchase and sale of unimproved real estate and interests therein; choice of entity considerations in the acquisition of real estate; negotiation and drafting of deal-specific provisions of partnership, limited liability company, and joint venture agreements; and representation of appraisers and donors in charitable conservation gifts of conservation easements of real property
  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and Taxation Sections, and Forum on the Construction Industry; and Birmingham Bar Association
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Real Estate since 2016; Alabama Super Lawyers in Real Estate since 2008; Best Lawyers In America® since 1995 in the areas of real estate and tax law, and business organizations since 2016; and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2010
  • J.D. degree, University of Virginia School of Law; M.S. degree in operations research, Georgia Institute of Technology; B.S. degree, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, University of Alabama

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